Family Law and Guardianship

Illinois Civil Unions: June 2011 – (June 2011)- The Civil Union Act provides an alternate to marriage in Illinois. Persons entering into a civil union will enjoy the same rights, interests, benefits and burdens available to spouses in marriage under Illinois law.

Civil Unions: What the Employer Should KnowThe Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act goes into effect on June 1, 2011. The Act, among other things, grants same-sex couples who formalize their relationship the same rights afforded to married couples. This means employers must give partners of civil unions the same benefits employers give to spouses of married couples. Sounds simple?

Coming this Summer! Illinois Civil Unions!(June 2011) Although it sounds like a movie trailer and promises to be an interesting adventure, Illinois Civil Unions are not a Hollywood inspiration. Rather, they are the result of the new Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, 750 ILSC 75/1 et seq. effective June 1, 2011 (the “Civil Union Act”).

Opposite-sex Couples May Consider Civil Unions in Illinois – The Civil Union Act isn’t just for same-sex couples. Some couples of opposite sexes may benefit more by forming civil unions than by traditional marriage. Under the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act set to go in effect on June 1, 2011, civil union partners will be granted the same protections, obligations, benefits and responsibilities that are “afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses”, but civil union partners will not be recognized as spouses under any federal law.

Potential Estate Planning Implications of Illinois Civil Unions – On June 1, 2011, when civil unions become a reality in Illinois, both same-sex and opposite sex couples who choose to solemnize their relationships through the new process will be granted a whole set of rights previously unavailable. Along with these rights comes a whole array of issues related to how civil union partners plan for the disposition of their estate upon their demise.